When you think Canadian food, what comes to mind? Poutine, back bacon (or Canadian bacon according to our American friends), pemmican? Maybe beer? I bet most of us would say maple syrup though. After all, the maple leaf is emblematic of this great nation! Did you know that Canada produces over 80% of the world’s maple syrup? My family enjoys maple syrup as a healthier sweetener and for its incomparable flavour, but it’s not just a sweet patriotic treat. Maple syrup is a good source of manganese and zinc, and some research suggests that its natural phenols may even play a role in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes.
Just in time for Canada Day, I’ve gathered together a list of gluten-free recipes featuring maple syrup. Some are my personal favourites (I just made a batch of those yummy Spicy Maple Cinnamon Pecans tonight!), and others have been shared by my maple syrup loving blogger friends. Browse through and find something you’d like to try. Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom to find a bonus Maple Leaf Martini made with – you guessed it – maple syrup, eh?
Spicy Maple Cinnamon Pecans from This West Coast Mommy
Beer Braised Maple, Prosciutto, and Bermuda Onion Jam from Lifeovereasy
Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates from Happy Mothering
Maple Quinoa Pudding with Ricotta from Food & Whine
Smooth & Creamy Pumpkin Tapioca Pudding from Happy Mothering
Chocolate Mousse Pie from Happy Mothering
Pecan Pie Bars from Happy Mothering
Homemade Magic Shell from Happy Mothering
Pumpkin Almond Spiced Fudge from Happy Mothering
Chocolate Bliss Balls from Cooking by Laptop
Try this Maple Leaf Martini recipe from Cathy Kuzel!
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 2 1/2 oz. Smirnoff vodka (or other gluten-free vodka)
- 1/2 oz. Maple syrup
- 1 1/2 oz. Sparkling apple cider
Mix cinnamon and sugar on a shallow plate and use to coat the rim of a cocktail glass. Add ice, vodka, and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake 3 times and strain into the glass. Top with the cider and enjoy!
How do you enjoy your maple syrup? Do you bake with it? Cook with it? Or is it only for pouring on your pancakes?
This post is linked up to some fantastic recipe link parties. Check out my Link Parties page to see where I’m linking up and to find some wonderful blogs and more amazing recipes!